Our History

The History of SORMAS

In 2014, a consortium of German and Nigerian public health, research institutions and a global software company, coordinated by the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI), developed the Surveillance Outbreak Response Management and Analysis System (SORMAS) during the West African Ebola outbreak in 2014/15. 

After nine month of software development, SORMAS prototype was tested in 84 private and public health institutions in two states of Nigeria. In July 2015, data was collected and entered about cholera, measles and highly pathogenic avian influenza. In addition, a simulation of a complex Ebola outbreak was performed.

In 2016 SORMAS was migrated into an open source software application. This fulfils the objective to ensure a sustainable software product independent from IT companies but that can be used within the software community to develop the health sector goals. 

Ghana Health Services and Ghana Community Network decided to deploy SORMAS as a test pilot in a few districts in Ghana in 2019. The HZI team traveled to Ghana to help set up and train future SORMAS users. 

During the SARS-CoV-2-pandemic in early 2020, the team quickly implemented a COVID19 into SORMAS which lead to a wide spread use of SORMAS in France, Switzerland and Germany. Adtionally, Fiji, Nepal, Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast are planning implementation in the near future.
In November the German Chancellor and regional bosses decided that SORMAS should be used by 90% of all health departments in Germany. 

  • 2014

    Development of SORMAS

  • 2015

    SORMAS is successfully tested in two nigerian states

  • 2016

    SORMAS becomes open-source 

  • 2019

    Ghana pilots SORMAS

  • today

    SORMAS became an important tool for management and control of the SARS-CoV-2-pandemic in Africa and Europe

Diseases that SORMAS covers

SORMAS includes disease specific process models for many high priority epidemic prone disease and a customizable process model for unforeseen emerging threats such as the coronavirus. 

Currently the following diseases are covered in SORMAS: 
acute flaccid paralysis, anthrax, COVID-19, cholera, congenital rubella, dengue fever, ebola virus disease, guinea worm, human rabies, influenza, lassa, malaria, measles, meningitis (CSM), monkey pox, plague, poliomyelitis, unspecified VHF, yellow fever, new emerging disease X. 

As SORMAS is an open-source software, new disease moduls can be implemented if there is the need for it. If you are looking for a disease that is currently not covered please get into contact with us.